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Thu Mar 3, 2022, 01:11 PM Mar 2022

Media coverage of Ukraine shows it's time to rethink what we know about Africa

Opinion by Moky Makura

"It's very emotional for me because I see European people with blue eyes and blonde hair being killed." These were the words of Ukraine's Deputy Chief Prosecutor, David Sakvarelidze, during a recent BBC interview about the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

It wasn't so much what he said, it was more what was implied; that not all lives have equal value. And that idea -- the belief that some races are superior to others -- is a fundamental principle of racism. It's alarming to me that Sakvarelidze was left unchallenged during his interview.
As a Black, African woman without the benefit of blue eyes or blonde hair, it's been equally emotional to see the number of racist and ignorant comments in the coverage on Ukraine that have passed unchallenged by the interviewers and media platforms that have aired them. CBS, Aljazeera, France's BFM TV and ITV have all reported the invasion in ways that illustrate deep bias, informed by a belief system that screams of an old-world, White-led, order.
ITV News correspondent Lucy Watson on ITV reporting back to the studio summed up the collective hypocrisy and underlying narrative that the Ukrainian war has exposed when she said: "The unthinkable has happened...this is not a developing, third-world nation; this is Europe!"

According to the narrative she believes, "unthinkable things" happen only in "third world nations" (now an outdated and derogatory term, someone should tell her), and that narrative is perpetuated by the type of stories she and many like her, have heard about the continent.
In Africa, it's the stories of conflict in Ethiopia, insurgency in Mozambique, election violence in Uganda, and the recent coups in Mali, Chad, Guinea, Sudan, Burkina Faso and Guinea Bissau. But it's clear that far too many are not paying attention to them because the people in these stories are not rich or from the Global North.

Media coverage of Ukraine shows it's time to rethink what we know about Africa (Original Post) Jilly_in_VA Mar 2022 OP
K&R Solly Mack Mar 2022 #1
Well. Europe is about to get a rather nasty ride awakening Roc2020 Mar 2022 #2


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2. Well. Europe is about to get a rather nasty ride awakening
Thu Mar 3, 2022, 05:33 PM
Mar 2022

because if Putin does not stop there will be so much blue eyes blond people killed it will make the conflicts in Africa look rather tame.

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